The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) will donate its share of ticket income from the Aegon Manchester Trophy tournament to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.
The fund has been set up by Manchester City Council and the Manchester Evening News, in partnership with the British Red Cross, to provide support to the victims and families of the terror attack at the Manchester Arena on May 22.
The British Red Cross helped to support emergency services and hospitals on the night of the attack by providing additional staff to ease pressure on resources and also helped to support victims and their families at the Emergency Rest Centre.
The Aegon Manchester Trophy is a women’s ITF Pro Circuit tennis event taking place at The Northern Lawn Tennis Club in Didsbury from June 11-18.
Richard Joyner, Aegon Manchester Trophy Tournament Director, said: “What happened at the end of May has profoundly impacted all of us involved in the tournament and we wanted to show our support to all those affected.
“We are so proud to host this tournament in this great city, and to work in partnership with so many fantastic people of Manchester. The city has rallied around this great cause to support those affected and we are happy to be able to contribute.”
As well as world-class tennis there will also be lots of activity for children and families on site throughout the week at the Aegon Manchester Trophy.
To support the event and the Fund you can buy tickets online at https://www.theticketfactory.
Councillor Sue Murphy, chair of trustees of the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, said: “On behalf of the fund I would like to thank the Lawn Tennis Association for their generous contribution.
“We will be using this money to help those affected at this difficult time.
“Sport is at the heart of what makes Manchester such a great city and it’s support and solidarity such as this that shows our true spirit.
“I wish the LTA every success with their event.”